It seems that every five years, news emerges that the agenda sky is falling in. Back in 2010 and 2015, rumors spread that the internet would soon run out of IP addresses. Now, the regulator of Europe’s internet domains has predicted that the region’s 1.91m actual addressees will most likely run out before 2020.

Every computer and smartphone must have an IP abode to access the internet. IP is short for Internet Protocol, and like your postcode, it has to be abundantly unique, as this ensures all affiliated accessories can accurately send and accept data amid themselves. This is how the device you’re using is able to view this article.